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New IntercityHotel in Hanover: Hollow core ceiling system lowers building weight and reduces costs for drilled pile foundations

By 2020, the new 55 m high IntercityHotel Hannover Ost will be built at Andreas-Hermes-Platz near the main railway station. In order to meet the demands of hotel guests for elegance and comfort, the pentagonal building, that features only one right angle in its floor plan, will include flat ceilings with spans of up to 8 m as single-span systems. To make the construction even more economical and effective, the slabs are constructed using the patented hollow core technology of Heinze Cobiax Deutschland GmbH instead of solid concrete.

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The Merriman Anderson/Architects-designed renovation of the historic Great Southwest Building in Houston opens as Cambria Hotel

The historic Great Southwest Building, a former office building in downtown Houston, has completed its redevelopment into a Cambria Hotel. Merriman Anderson/Architects (MAA) is the architect and interior designer for the renovations. The building features a number of art deco elements mixed with a touch of Mayan influence. Driven by the building’s history and refined culture, the design uses a neutral architectural envelope to allow historic details and newly added architectural elements to come to life.

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Hyatt Centric Philadelphia tops out

The final steel beam was raised Thursday on Philadelphia’s new Hyatt Centric hotel, one of the newest properties in the lifestyle hotel brand’s international portfolio. The project team includes Clemens Construction – contractor; DAS Architects – architecture and interior design; Becker & Frondorf – project management; Crème – interior design; Harman Group – structural engineering; Bala Engineers – m/e/p engineering; Bohler Engineering / Maser Consulting – site / civil engineering; Tim Haahs – parking; Lighting Practice – lighting design; Metropolitan Acoustics – acoustical design; Re:Vision Architecture / Setty & Assoc – sustainability; RWDI – façade; Design Difference – food service.

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BBGM-designed Draftsman Hotel pays tribute to the past, present and future in Charlottesville, Va.

Looking to create a contemporary hotel while honoring the city’s history, BBGM integrated a balance of contemporary materials with traditional proportions into the Draftsman Hotel. The podium features rust colored Trespa panels – a high pressure laminate siding – reminiscent of the neighboring red brick buildings. Transitioning the material of the facade above the podium to a contemporary Nichiha fiber cement helps to visually detach this element, lessening the visual impact of the hotel on the street’s architecture.

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Acoustic guitar inspires SCB design of Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Tower in Nashville

Above the podium, a 37-story sleek glass tower rises, capturing views of the city and the Cumberland River for the building’s occupants. The fenestration and balcony composition continue the acoustic guitar design conceit; the tower elegantly recalls the fretted neck of the instrument. Amenity decks—one for hotel guests and one for residents—provide a private outdoor experience above the busy street. The project is targeting LEED Gold certification.

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DAS Architects designing wellness hotel

“Greek Philosophy’s guiding principles of balance and unity informed our design of this boutique hotel,” said Susan M. Davidson, IDC, co-founder and principal of DAS Architects. “The modern and minimalist spaces will feature a warm and neutral color palette, emphasizing natural materials, with expansive green walls on every floor. Our goal is to create an environment that promotes healing, centering and living a meaningful life.”

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KTGY-designed Granada Hotel & Spa commences construction in downtown Morgan Hill, Calif.

“The architectural design thoughtfully marries traditional with modern and incorporates vintage brick veneer, wood, steel, and other materials that reference the local palate and setting,” said Sean Martino, director in KTGY’s Los Angeles office. “A special design element is the Krion façade system with translucent panels and integrated lighting, which will create a dynamic façade at the corner of Monterey Road and East 1st Street.”

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MGM Springfield receives industry’s first LEED Platinum certification

MGM Springfield has received the world’s first United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) New Construction Platinum level certification for a gaming resort. Working closely with state and city officials, as well as the local community, MGM Resorts committed to designing and building a property that exemplifies the Company’s values in support of environmental sustainability and positive social impact while honoring local history and architecture.

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JCJ Architecture announces completion of design services for Resorts World Catskills

A key underpinning to JCJ’s design approach for Resorts World Catskills was to complement and highlight its remarkable surroundings and to provide opportunities for visitors to connect with the seasonal attributes of the landscape. The design team worked to create a seamless and engaging experience with an approach to design that integrated texture, color, proportion, transparency and technology.

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World’s tallest modular hotel set to rise in New York City this fall, highlighting Marriott International’s vision to disrupt the way buildings get built

“This is the moment where modular construction takes center stage,” says Danny Forster, a leading modular building advocate whose firm, Danny Forster & Architecture, designed the project. As he explains it, “This hotel takes every advantage of off-site manufacturing, as you might expect. But it does so in a way that defies expectation. We wanted to demonstrate that modular building can do more than just harness the efficiencies of the factory. It can produce a graceful and iconic tower. And yes, it can do so at the rate of an entire floor a day.”

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Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

Solarban 90 Solar Control Low-E Glass Solarban 90 glass combines industry-leading solar control performance with a true neutral-reflective clear-glass aesthetic. United with clear glass in a standard 1-inch IGU, Solarban 90 glass has a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23, visible light transmittance of 51 percent and an LSG ratio of 2.22. Solarban 90 glass facilitates the use of smaller HVAC systems to reduce initial capital expenditures and long-term cooling costs. It also enables architects to design buildings with larger expanses of glass to promote daylighting, diminish the need for artificial lighting and connect building occupants to the outdoors. Mountain views, energy efficiency highlight new Ent Center at UC Colorado Springs. Photography by Tom Kessler

Solarban 90 Solar Control Low-E Glass Solarban 90 glass combines industry-leading solar control performance with a true neutral-reflective clear-glass aesthetic. United with clear glass in a standard 1-inch IGU, Solarban 90 glass has a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23, visible light transmittance of 51 percent and an LSG ratio of 2.22. Solarban 90 glass facilitates the use of smaller HVAC systems to reduce initial capital expenditures and long-term cooling costs. It also enables architects to design buildings with larger expanses of glass to promote daylighting, diminish the need for artificial lighting and connect building occupants to the outdoors. Mountain views, energy efficiency highlight new Ent Center at UC Colorado Springs. Photography by Tom Kessler

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